ABC new series ‘American Crime’ now casting the Pilot episode in Austin TX

The new ABC Television Pilot “American Crime” will begin filming within a few weeks and a call for extras in Austin has been released. The production is looking to fill various background, there are many, many roles for all different types, you can see the full list below, which is pretty long.

American Crime” is about the lives of people who are participating in a murder trial. The trial has significant racial motives and the people involved will be forever changed during by the trial and the legal process. The new series is being written and executive produced by John Riddley (12 years a Slave).

American Crime” takes on racial issues and the story is set in California even though it is filming in Texas.

Casting directors at on Location Casting in Texas will be needing men, women and children of all ages and ethnicities. They will especially be needing many Hispanic and African American background extras.

The production will be filming between March 10th and March 26th in Austin. Extras who apply should have availability on the listed dates and be available for long filming days that may go over 12 hours and film during various hours which may include early mornings and late night. Extras cast will be paid around minimum wage for the hours that they work on set and any hours over 8 will be paid as overtime (time and a half)

No professional acting experience or any background / extras experience is required however, you must be a resident of Texas with a valid Texas ID to work on this project. No body from out of State will be considered and no travel expenses will be paid.

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Here is the casting call:

AUSTIN, TX area – On Location Casting

Project: “American Crime” – ABC Television Pilot

Shoot dates: We will be filming on a Monday – Friday schedule from 3/10/14 – 3/26/14. Various time requirements depending on role cast in.

Shoot times: Times vary depending on role cast in. Extras should be prepared to work a 12 hour+ day on the day chosen.

Shoot location: Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Compensation: NON-UNION Extra Rate is TBD but will be minimum wage or higher. Overtime will be paid after 8 hours. Lunch and snacks provided.

Talent Specs: *NOTE: ALL TALENT MUST HAVE PROOF OF TEXAS RESIDENCY in order to work this project!!!

EXTRAS: male and female, all ethnicities, all ages!!

Some specific types include:

  • Law Enforcement/Police Officers/Detectives (real – with experience preferred)
  • Hospital Staff – Nurses/Doctors/Orderlies/ER Staff/ etc. (real – with experience preferred)
  • Airline Ground Crew (real – with experience preferred)
  • Flight Attendants (real – with experience preferred)
  • Bartenders and Waitresses (real – with experience preferred)
  • Reporters and Journalists (real – with experience preferred)
  • News Crews (real – with experience preferred)
  • Social Workers (real – with experience preferred)
  • Coroner’s Office Staff – Coroner, Medical Examiner (real – with experience preferred)
  • Cab Driver (real – with experience preferred)
  • Security Guards (real – with experience preferred)
  • Bridesmaids
  • Groomsmen
  • Unemployed Job Seekers (for unemployment office scenes – do NOT have to be real!)
  • Hospital Patients
  • Restaurant Customers
  • Garage Workers and Mechanics (real – with experience preferred)
  • African American Party Goers
  • Hispanic Party Goers
  • Burly Bouncers (real – with experience preferred)
  • Dive Bar Customers
  • People with ‘beater’ old cars
  • Hip Hop types
  • and many other general extra roles!

We will be needing A LOT of African American and Hispanic talent. Please share this notice with friends, family, co-workers, strangers!

Overall Talent Considerations: NO professional acting experience required! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Your OLC talent profile and photos MUST be UP TO DATE within the last 6 month! Children under 18 MUST have updated photos taken within the past 3 months! ALL TALENT MUST HAVE PROOF OF TEXAS RESIDENCY in order to work this project!!!

HOW TO SIGN UP: (*If you are already in the OLC database (from “Friday Night Lights”, “My Generation”, “Revolution” or other projects, DO NOT CREATE A NEW PROFILE for this project – just log-in to your original account and you will automatically be considered. If you do not remember your log-in info, send us an email to request it). Once signed up, make sure to follow our page on facebook at to get updated casting notices.

Submissions to our website ASAP at:
Enter on Talent, Click Register and Talent Application. Complete application and upload 1-2 photos. It is FREE to register so you should NOT pay for the suggested ‘active’ account upgrades that will be offered twice a month. There is NO charge and you can be booked for work with the basic ‘not-active’ profile. DO NOT PAY FOR AN ‘active’ ACCOUNT!!!
-Recent photos of yourself should be taken within the past (6) months. Please submit one head/face shot and one full body shot if possible.

PHOTOS – should be of clear good quality, facing forward to camera, NO sunglasses, NO hats, NO silly gestures or faces, and should include ONLY those being submitted for the project. Photos should not be date stamped with any year other than 2014! Try to take a photo against a solid color background – take one from just mid-chest up and one from mid-calf up if possible.

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE to create an online talent profile – feel free to CALL us at 512-696-4233 and we will make arrangements to have you come in for an in-person photograph.

If you have additional questions about this project or On Location Casting – please feel free to email us at: with subject line “American Crime”. Please do NOT email just to ask to be booked – we will not begin booking until approx. 3/7/14.

The above casting notice has lots and lots of information, please be sure you read the instructions carefully. Be sure that you follow the photo submission guidelines that are listed above.

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